The corruption hearing on the racketeering and corruption charges against Rome Aloise begins on April 6 and will continue for up to nine days, according to Judge Barbara Jones. Aloise is the International Vice President from California who is a serial corruption violator, and the architect of the Vairma-Herrera slate for the IBT office.
Judge Jones is the Independent Review Officer (IRO) of the Teamsters Union who will hear the charges and decide Aloise’s fate.
Last September, the Hoffa administration and Aloise made an attempted sweetheart deal aimed to give Aloise a token 30-day suspension, and got the General Executive Board to approve it by 12-11. It was a family affair, since Aloise’s attorney, Patrick Szymanski, is also the counsel for the Vairma-Herrera slate and Hoffa’s former General Counsel. The deal was promptly rejected by Judge Jones, who then set up this trial.
The Final Consent Order requires that hearings are open to Teamster members. However, to view the trial via zoom, members must travel to San Francisco; the zoom feed will only be available there. The trial details are here.